Clara Shortridge Foltz (Lawyer) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Clara Shortridge Foltz

Clara Shortridge Foltz was an American lawyer, the first female lawyer on the West Coast, and the pioneer of the idea of the public defender. The Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles was renamed after her in 2002, and is now known as the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Born: July 16, 1849, Lafayette, Indiana
Died: September 2, 1934, Los Angeles, California
Nationality: American
Occupation: Attorney, publisher, suffragist
Known for: First female lawyer admitted to the California State Bar
Spouse(s): Jeremiah D. Foltz (m. 1864)
Relatives: Samuel M. Shortridge (brother)

About Clara Shortridge Foltz

Indiana-born attorney who became the first woman to practice law on the West Coast of the United States.

Before Fame

She passed the California bar examination in 1868 and subsequently sued Hastings College of Law when the school refused to let her enroll because she was a woman.


Her name was given to the downtown Los Angeles criminal court building (the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center).

Family Life

She married Jeremiah Foltz, a farmer, when she was fifteen years old. Before Foltz left her in 1876, she gave birth to five children.


She was a descendant of American frontier hero Daniel Boone .

Information related to Clara Shortridge Foltz

  • Lawyers from San Francisco
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law alumni
  • 19th-century American lawyers
  • American women’s rights activists
  • American suffragists

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